The shortened 48-game season means that general managers and team administrators must start preparing for the 2013-14 season early.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement means that teams will have a salary cap of $64.3 million to contend with next year (source: CBC.ca).
Teams with significant free agents will be forced to make tough decisions with their personnel. They must decide who they want to offer contracts and who they will let walk away.
Here's a look at 15 teams—half the NHL teams—with at least six pending unrestricted free agents each.
(All contract and free-agent information is from CapGeek.com.)